Green’s Dictionary of Slang

spoon n.

[SE spoon, which is ‘open’ and ‘shallow’]

1. [late 18C–19C; 1980s+] a fool, a simpleton [note Online Dict. of Playground Slang (2001) defines a spoon as ‘a person so dense they were not allowed to use a sharp object, they could only have a spoon’].

2. [mid-19C] (Aus.) the penis.

3. [mid-19C–1910s] a foolishly infatuated lover.

4. [late 19C] a foolish, sentimental affection.

5. in attrib. use of sense 3.

6. [late 19C; 2000s] a flirt; an act of flirtation; thus do spoons v., to offer sentimental and ridiculous protestations of love.

7. [1920s] (US) a shovel.

8. [1950s+] (also spoonful) 2g (1/16th oz) of heroin or cocaine [approx. 1 teaspoonful].

9. [1970s+] enough heroin to provide a single injection [the contents of the spoon that is used to heat the drug].

In derivatives

spoonified (adj.)

1. [mid-19C-1910s] foolish, sentimental.

2. [mid-19C] tricked, deceived.

spooniness (n.)

[mid-19C-1900s] sentimentality; foolishness.

In phrases

come the spoon (v.)

[mid–late 19C] to court, to make love.

in(to) the spoon

[1970s+] (drugs) using narcotics.

it’s a case of spoons with them

[mid-19C–1920s] a phr. used of a couple who are obviously in love.

out of the spoon

[1950s+] (drugs) not using drugs.

spoons on (adj.) (also spoons about)

[mid–late 19C] sentimentally in love with.

spoons (with)

[mid–late 19C] courting.

SE in slang uses

In exclamations